Wendy’s® Gives Back

Posted on October 23, 2020

Year after year, The Wendy’s Company, its franchise owners and operators, suppliers, employees and customers support the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption through events, personal gifts and in-restaurant campaigns. Following are highlights of the many ways that the Wendy’s family worked together t

A Brighter Future for Lexi and Nick

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Lexi and Nick were placed in foster care due to neglect, as their biological parents battled drug addiction and other issues. For five years, they longed for a permanent home. Fortunately, the siblings were adopted with help from the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption’s Wendy’s Wonderful Kids® prog

“It’s a Chance at Life”: Korie’s Story

Posted on August 27, 2020

Placed in foster care at age 3, Korie moved in and out of more than 30 foster homes before she was 16. Too often, she wondered, “Am I going to have somewhere to sleep? Am I going to grow up and be safe?” “I thought, ‘I’m going to end up on the streets. That’s just how it’s go

Mike Zak Joins Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption Board of Trustees

Posted on August 3, 2020

Foundation committed to finding adoptive homes for the more than 150,000 children waiting in North America’s foster care systems Columbus, Ohio — The Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption, a national non-profit public charity, today welcomed Mike Zak as a member of its board of trustees, serving a thr

Siblings now have a forever home after virtual adoption in Washington

Posted on July 28, 2020

This blog was adapted from a story by Tracey Leong of KIRO 7 News in Seattle, Washington. Terri fostered siblings Michael, Roman and Lilliana for more than three years. After two unsuccessful adoptions with other families, Terri made the decision to pursue adoption. But when COVID-19 hit, it de

COVID-19 puts Colorado’s children in foster care at risk

Posted on May 27, 2020

Chelsea is a Wendy’s Wonderful Kids® supervisor with The Adoption Exchange in Colorado. This column was originally published in the Boulder Daily Camera. With the coronavirus bringing so much instability and chaos into the world, we are all seeking the comfort, stability and support of our families.

Changing the journey: Ellie’s story

Posted on May 21, 2020

In May of 2020, during the COVID-19 pandemic, Ellie graduated from high school virtually surrounded by her loving family. But it wasn’t too long ago that Ellie’s journey looked quite different. Watch: Born into a family in which she suffered years of abuse, Ellie missed four years of school before b

‘We have a family’: Adoptions go virtual during pandemic

Posted on May 20, 2020

This story was published by reporter Brittany Falkers at KGW 8 News in Oregon. The family calls it “controlled chaos.” “We have eight children; four boys and four girls,” dad, Mark, said. However, this big, happy family was not quite complete until Wednesday, last week. “I’ve always wanted to adopt.